Modern quilts are functional, include bold colors, and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, asymmetry, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics.
We really enjoyed the modern machine quilting workshop given by Christa of christaquilts.com. She shared so many helpful quilting tips, graciously signed all our copies of her book, and even gave us a preview of her brand new book she co-authored with Angela Walters.
We quilt-doodled on a bunch of 10″ square quilt sandwiches with both straight-line quilting and free-motion quilting. It was so much fun! Here are Angela’s samples from the class:
And thanks, Lindsie, for showing Christa around Boise!
Good food and beautiful totes were on the agenda Saturday. During our annual After-Holiday party 10 members exchanged handmade bags and it was amazing to see how much variety and talent there was. Thanks to everyone who made it so much fun!
Tote Bag Swap
We also had a few members bring some quilts to share.
Chris’ new cute little sewing machine
Check out the photos below from our September Sew Day!
When: Saturday, June 27, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID (Marion Bingham Room on 3rd floor)
This month Kathleen Probst will be speaking to our group. Kathleen is a self-taught artist and has been exhibiting her work in national exhibitions for the last 3 years. While teaching high school mathematics, Probst discovered art quilting and found the freedom to create her own compositions. She works in her home studio in Meridian. At our meeting she will describe her journey toward minimalism and bring quilts to share. Check out her website to learn more about her work.
If you are participating in the mini quilt project, this is the month we are machine quilting our projects. If you haven’t started yet, its not too late – check out the Pinterest board with Mini Quilt inspiration to help you find some great ideas. Check it out here. In July we’ll bind them.
As always, please bring your completed projects and your BOM to share with the group.
If you have them, it’s always a good idea to bring a power strip and/or small extension cord as well.
Not familiar with how our meetings work? We typically follow this format:
- Quick announcements
- Show and share
- Sewing on individual projects, and of course conversation (or tutorial/presentation if one is scheduled)
We had our own little QuiltFort going on during our March Sew Day, with lots of creativity on display! Many members showed off their completed items and we made lots of progress on the projects we brought to work on.
As you can tell from the pictures we had a great time on Saturday at the Boise Modern Quilt Guild After-Christmas party. The apron swap was a big hit! We had eight women participate and had a lot of fun watching as each person saw their new apron for the first time.
The amazing QuiltCon Charity Quilt that Laura Pukstas designed and quilted was showcased on Lori’s staircase during our party. Many thanks to Marilyn Shake, Gwen Smith, Darla Christensen, and Angela Bowman for helping with piecing, binding and everything else that went into the quilt. It is now in route to the MQG and will be showcased in February at QuiltCon with other charity quilts.
Several members also brought quilts and other items to share with the group. It’s always so fun to see how creative everyone is!
Lori’s new apron
Nancy’s new apron
Aprons from the swap
Ariel’s dyed fabric
Ariel’s dyed fabric
QuiltCon Charity Quilt
Congratulations to all our members who participated in the Boise Basin Quilt show. The modern quilts were very impressive! Thanks to all that submitted quilts, volunteered at the Boise Modern Quilt Guild table and worked to make our banner quilt.
The quilt show was our debut for the banner quilt and it looked awesome! It was the perfect way to advertise the spirit of our guild and everyone’s talents. If you didn’t have a chance to check it out at the show, we will have it at our October Sew Day.
Below are some pictures of some of the quilts that were on display.
Our banner quilt
Angela Bowman Lori Wambolt Christy Foltz-Ahlrichs
There was a lot of creativity in the room Saturday! Many people bought projects to share and it was fun seeing what everyone was working on.
The back of Darla Christiansen’s quilt
A few items of business were also announced:
- We will have a table at the quilt show at the end of September. We are looking for volunteers to sit at our table and chat with those interested in our guild and modern quilting. Let us know if you are interested.
- Since the September Boise Modern Quilt Guild meeting is the same day as the quilt show there is no Sew Day in September.
- Remember to turn in your quilts for the quilt show! You can do so on either September 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Quilt Crossing or September 18 at the Boise Basin Quilters membership meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Boise Church of Christ, 2000 North Eldorado.
- If you have a blog or website related to quilting and or sewing let us know and we can post it on our website.
- If you have quilting knowledge you would like to share with the group, contact us. We are always looking for guest speakers to lead a tutorial or lecture!
We had a great meeting this month! We had several visitors who came to check out the guild as a result of the Idaho Statesman article that ran last Thursday. We even had three new members sign up – including our first junior member.
Two members brought their completed projects for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. The challenge ends this month!
Front of table runner.
Back of table runner.
Pillow back with hidden zipper.
We had lots of people bring projects to share and a very energetic sew day afterwards. Check out all the great projects!
Cute mini quilt!
Look at those great colors!
This will eventually become a clock.
A bright quilt composed of “block of the month” blocks.
Made with one of the monthly Modern Quilt Guild patterns.
Close up of quilting.
Mini quilt created for a swap.
Back of mini-quilt.
Recognize those hills? They are from the BMQG logo and will be part of the banner quilt.
The hills in progress.
Check out our new junior member and her mom!
Check out those Singers!
Old and new technology.
Close up of embroidered bag.
A banner made by one of our guests for a friend.
What a great sew day! This was our second spent working on the banner quilt we are preparing for the quilt show in September. Members not only made blocks on Saturday afternoon, but several brought additional contributions from home. Thanks to everyone’s enthusiasm and hard work we now have 66 blocks!
The Michael Miller Challenge fabric was distributed to members that had signed up for the challenge. I think we all agreed it is the best fabric so far. If you were unable to pick up your fabric at the meeting we will have it at the May Sew Day. Remember – the project completion date has been extended to July 25, giving everyone an extra month to create their project.
We also shared some our completed projects. It was great to see everyone’s creativity on display.